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Having garnered just 23-percent of the vote in the primary election, David Vitter has the bigger numerical hill to climb in order to win the November 21st runoff. Yet all together, Republican candidates took home 57-percent of the vote.

“He’s got to pull all that together, and he’s got to get them united,” pollster Bernie Pinsonat says, adding this time, that’s easier said than done.

“Because of the attack ads, his challenge is greater.”

Sue Lincoln

What the heck happened in the governor’s race Saturday night? Dr. Michael Henderson with the LSU Public Policy Research Lab says the runoff matchup really isn’t a surprise.

“I mean, we’ve known for months that this looked like it was going to be Vitter and Edwards,” Henderson told the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday.

“You’ll hear some folks say, ‘Well, wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute! Vitter’s numbers were coming down in those closing weeks, and it was tighter than expected.’ Sure, it was tighter than expected maybe five months ago, but it was not tighter than expected given polling results in recent weeks.”

All Over But the Voting

Oct 23, 2015

The final gubernatorial forum before tomorrow’s primary election was held Wednesday night at LSU. Most reports on the event zeroed in on David Vitter’s absence, coupled with Scott Angelle pointing to the videos posted last weekend by blogger Jason Brad Berry.

“I understand a serious sin,” Angelle said, after directing viewers to the website containing the videos. “It is now perhaps a lifestyle that we need to examine – a lifestyle that Louisiana cannot afford.”

A controversial proposal for elevating LA 1 to Port Fourchon, backed by Governor Jindal, has been drawing fire from the candidates seeking to replace him in the mansion. The plan would have used “leftover” funds from BP, unused because the coastal projects the RESTORE Act funded were completed under budget.

“I would oppose that from this source of funds,” Scott Angelle said during a forum for the governor candidates earlier this week.

But when the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority met Wednesday, chairman Chip Kline announced that a compromise had been reached – to use GOMESA money instead of BP funds.

Wallis Watkins

Three of Louisiana’s four major candidates for Governor are displeased with the state’s incarceration rate and lack of alternative mental health programs.